1. Why are Irish people more at risk of developing skin cancer?

 

Irish people are more at risk of developing skin cancer because we have less natural protection within our skin.

 

  1. What changes to our skin should we take notice of?

 

What you really need to look at therefore is any new skin lesion that you were not born with or any skin lesion that you were born with but has now changed, i.e. increased in size, become itchy, has started to bleed or darkened in colour.

 

  1. Are all skin cancers the same?

 

Not all skin cancers are the same and we broadly break them down into what are known as melanoma skin cancers and non-melanoma skin cancers.

 

  1. What are the most prevalent group of skin cancers?

 

Non-melanoma skin cancers are the more prevalent and commonplace, such as Basal Cell Carcinomas and Squamous Cell Carcinomas and surgery is the gold standard.

 

  1. How does your clinic work for these patients?

 

People are busy, they have work commitments and children to look after etc. so the principle in clinic is that patients are seen by a consultant and then the same consultant operates on them straight away.  We avoid the need for the patient to re-attend the hospital so they see the surgeon, have the operation and they are then discharged back to their GP the same day.  This is hugely convenient for patients.